JNU students’ union president refuses to pay fine, may not be allowed to study
At the beginning of every academic year, all students have to pay their dues, including mess bill and fines imposed on account of indiscipline by proctor office, to register to continue as a student at JNU.Updated: Jul 26, 2017 23:19 IST
The Jawaharlal Nehru University Students’ Union (JNUSU) president along with five other students may not be able to continue studying at the university after they refused pay the fine imposed on them on the last day of registration on Wednesday.
At the beginning of every academic year, all students have to pay their dues, including mess bill and fines imposed on account of indiscipline by proctor office, to register to continue as a student at JNU.
“A student needs to get all clearances before registration. If the students refuse to pay the fine imposed on them by the proctor office on account of their indiscipline, they stop being a student of the university,” said Pramod Kumar, JNU registrar.
Students said it was an attempt by the administration to throw them out from the university.
“Today, the last date for semester registration in JNU is over, still 5-6 students, including me, did not get registration for the next semester. Now the condition is that our academic work of last many years will go waste if we will not get registration for the next semester,” said Mohit Pandey, president JNUSU.
Pandey, who faces a fine of Rs 20,000, said the vice-chancellor was setting enquiries against students and stopping their academic work to “disallow all kinds of dissent”.
“In the beginning of this semester, almost 30 students did not get registration. We ran a campaign to collect funds to pay the fine for some of the students,” he said.
Four students –Mulayam Singh, Shakeel Anjum, Prashant Kumar, and Dileep Kumar, moved court on the issue. “The court gave us three more days to pay the fine,” said Mulayam Singh.
The JNUSU president, however, is not paying the fine. The enquiries against him range from pasting posters to asking for appointment with the VC, he said.
“I decided to not give fine because of this ransom tactics of admin. There are no set procedures and standards of enquiries and actions of admin. They do it according to their intentions. In this case it becomes difficult for us to get free and fair judgment through some unbiased enquiry. If they start imposing fine on me in such a manner, then, I have to pay more than 1 lakh rupee,” he said.
First Published: Jul 26, 2017 23:19 IST